August 26, 2019

South Sudan NEWS PORTAL (JUBA) – Over the weekend, Rwandan police and military peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) conducted a voluntary community cleaning exercise aimed at promoting hygiene and sanitation in the camp neighborhoods.

The contingent commander for Rwanda Formed Police Unit Three (FPU-3), SSP Jackline Urujeni said the campaign will be maintained to promote cleanliness, hygiene and protect the environment.

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“The camp cleanliness campaign is meant to help make the surroundings cleaner, greener, healthier and more environmentally efficient,” she said.

Every last Saturday of the month, Rwandan peace keepers engage in cleaning exercises and tree planting in the state capital of Juba.

Every last Saturday of the month, Rwandans are obliged to clean up their neighbourhoods in Juba. Photo: UNMISS
Every last Saturday of the month, Rwandans are obliged to clean up their neighbourhoods in Juba. Photo: UNMISS

A series of activities sports activities also climaxed the one day event.

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“The purpose of coming together as peacekeepers in sports is to network and promote team building, with emphasis on the role of women in peace building and gender promotion,” Urujeni stressed.

Women constitute about 30 percent of the Rwandese contingents deployed in South Sudan and Central African Republic, making Rwanda one of the leading contributors of female peacekeepers.

Meanwhile, the UN Police Chief of Staff, ACP Bartheremy Rugwizangoga applauded the peacekeepers’ teamwork and reiterated the importance of engaging local communities in such activities to increase the good cooperation between the UN and civilians for easy implementation of the mandate to protect them.

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Rwanda’s capital Kigali is widely reported to be the cleanest city in Africa.

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